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Germany Mulling to Expel Convicted Syrians

Germany Mulling to Expel Convicted Syrians

Saturday, 17 November, 2018 - 06:45
Syrian refugees arrive at the camp for refugees and migrants in Friedland, Germany April 4, 2016. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
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Berlin is examining if Syrians convicted of crimes in Germany or who are deemed dangerous can be sent back to their country, Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said Friday.

"That is being looked at closely in our ministry," Seehofer told newspaper group RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschland (RND).

Interior ministers of several German states have pushed for the expulsion of asylum seekers who have been convicted in the wake of a rape case allegedly involving Syrians.

"Once the security situation allows, dangerous individuals and criminals can be sent back to Syria," Saxony state's interior minister Roland Woeller told RND.

By 2012, all of Germany's states had put deportation to Syria on hold. But interior ministers of German states are set to decide end of November whether they would extend the deadline until after December 31.

Tens of thousands of Syrians have sought asylum in Germany, with the biggest influx taking place in 2015.

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